Beauty and the Beast: Dirty Sexy Money
Beauty and the Beast: Dirty Sexy Money
In BuddyTV’s 2007 Fall TV Guide, we stared at countless photographs of the new show casts to determine which were most pleasing to the eye (the “Beauties”) and which weren’t so pleasant (the “Beasts”). In the end, we settle on Private Practice, Cane and Gossip Girl as having the hottest casts, while Cavemen, Dirty Sexy Money and Back to You all came up short in the looks department.


Dirty Sexy Money is second on my list of favorite new fall shows to look forward to but not because of the sexiness of its cast.

Sure, by the numbers, the majority of the cast is above average in attractiveness. Both Peter Krause and Zoe McLellan (who play Nick George and Lisa George) are pleasingly doe-eyed, and I've always liked Samaire Armstrong's (Juliet Darling) pixie-cute style. But Donald Sutherland, who plays Tripp, the wealthy patriarch of the central Darling family, is almost single-handedly responsible for bringing the entire cast's average attractiveness quotient down to about a 3.6 out of 10.

Donald Sutherland's a terrific actor, especially when called upon to play creepy old dudes, which is quite often these days. But his cold, piercing blue eyes, along with his perma-scowl, drooping jowls and sneering overbite, are not exactly what you would call comely. Perhaps the strangest part of his appearance, however, which is prominently noticeable in the pilot of Dirty Sexy Money, is the jarring color contrast between his shock of white hair, his ruddy face and his preternaturally white teeth. His teeth are so white and perfectly even that he would be a natural fit in a denture commercial, if he could only get rid of that scowl.

Lest I forget, someone else who also bears mentioning in the ugly contest is William Baldwin. William, the third of the Baldwin brothers, worked as a male model before he became an actor. But much like his brethren, William has gotten rather doughy lately, his complexion like that of a par-baked loaf of white bread.  The 44-year-old actor's girlishly thick lips are not quite as fetching as they once were. And those famous come-hither eyes that won him the MTV Movie Award for "Most Desirable Male" back in 1994 for his role in Sliver have aged rather ungracefully, having succumbed to gravity so much so that it looks like he has trouble seeing out of them.

Nevertheless, I'm happy that the creative minds behind Dirty Sexy Money have thought to cast unattractive actors as well as attractive ones. In a sea of pretty faces, it's nice to mix things up a bit with some wrinkles and droopy eyelids just to keep things real.


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See the other "Beast" winners Cavemen and Back to You. You can also see the casts that were the hottest: Private Practice, Gossip Girl and Cane. Comment and tell us what you think.


-Debbie Chang, BuddyTV
(Image courtesy of ABC)

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